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TAMPA BAY TODAY – FEB 4

Friday’s fifth race at Tampa Bay presents an opportunity for value. Anytime you can make a case to risk a few dollars against a Chad Brown-trained turf favorite, you take it.

Chad’s Unanimous Consent (7-5) is a logical favorite and will be a tough out, especially if he makes the physical and mental transition from 2 to 3. He won his debut well at Monmouth in September and this is a good place to get started.

But there is a chance that Bens Malice (3-1) may be better right now, even if the favorite exits a race that produced three next out winners and goes first Lasix with Samy Camacho.

But Unanimous Consent thus far has proved faster on the Thoro-Graph scale. In fact, he’s run three times on turf and never has taken a backward step. Better yet, he saved his best for last.

Not only was his run faster, and came on this course and it wasn’t an easy go, sweeping into contention wide at headstretch but he was bumped in midstretch which didn’t help his forward progress. Resultingly, he was beaten a neck.

The gelded 3YO drops two pounds, has aforementioned recency, and trainer Tim Padilla has been on a roll, a profitable 18% over the past three months. Expecting him to make amends.

Taking Bens Malice to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with the favorite.

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